Alternative splicing of the RAGE cytoplasmic domain regulates cell signaling and function

Joel Jules, Dony Maiguel, Barry I. Hudson

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The Receptor for Advanced Glycation End-products (RAGE) is a multi-ligand receptor present on most cell types. Upregulation of RAGE is seen in a number of pathological states including, inflammatory and vascular disease, dementia, diabetes and various cancers. We previously demonstrated that alternative splicing of the RAGE gene is an important mechanism which regulates RAGE signaling through the production of soluble ligand decoy isoforms. However, no studies have identified any alternative splice variants within the intracellular region of RAGE, a region critical for RAGE signaling. Herein, we have cloned and characterized a novel splice variant of RAGE that has a truncated intracellular domain (RAGEDICD). RAGEDICD is prevalent in both human and mouse tissues including lung, brain, heart and kidney. Expression of RAGEDICD in C6 glioma cells impaired RAGE-ligand induced signaling through various MAP kinase pathways including ERK1/2, p38 and SAPK/JNK. Moreover, RAGEDICD significantly affected tumor cell properties through altering cell migration, invasion, adhesion and viability in C6 glioma cells. Furthermore, C6 glioma cells expressing RAGEDICD exhibited drastic inhibition on tumorigenesis in soft agar assays. Taken together, these data indicate that RAGEDICD represents a novel endogenous mechanism to regulate RAGE signaling. Significantly, RAGEDICD could play an important role in RAGE related disease states through down regulation of RAGE signaling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere78267
JournalPloS one
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 8 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General


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